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Ki-46 Dinah 2414 display plaque at Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
The plaque reads: "The remains of the nose code and landing light assembly recovered from the wreckage of Ki-45-II 'Dinah' Serial No. 2414 which was shot down by Spitfire of No 457 Squadron RAAF on 18 July 1943.
The pilot of the 'Dinah' was the commanding officer of 70 DCS on Timor, Captain Shunji Sasaki, whilst his observe was Lieutenant Akira Eguchi. Both were killed in the crash and it is believed they were interred at the site.
Following news of her son's death, Mrs Sasaki offered 3,000 Yen to purchase a new aircraft for the unit, and later a ceramic doll to release over the site of her son's death, believed to have been over Fenton Airfield.
The offer was reported in the Japanese newspapers at the time, and through the doll was flown to Fenton on 17 August 1943, the aircraft in which it was carried was shot down by the same pilot who had downed Captain Sasaki's aircraft a month earlier."
Credit: Australian Aviation Heritage Centre Date: 2000
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